From the bus tour pool report:
President Obama delivered remarks at West Wilkes High School in Millers Creek, North Carolina calling on Congress to pass every element of the American Jobs Act, piece-by-piece, starting with the proposal to prevent teacher layoffs, keep police officers on the beat and keep firefighters on the job.
North Carolina could receive more than $900 million in teacher stabilization funds under the American Jobs Act which would support 13,400 jobs across the state. West Wilkes High School is located in Wilkes County, whose school district would receive an estimated $6.9 million of these funds for teacher jobs.
West Wilkes, a small, rural high school with approximately 700 students and 50 faculty, could benefit from this funding. The school has experienced large increases in class size in core subjects due to the loss of seven teaching positions in the past three years when state and local budgets were cut and educational spending was drastically reduced. These cuts were part of the 121 classroom and administrative positions the Wilkes County School District lost over the past four years due to budget cuts.